Greipel wins 2nd stage of Giro to move into overall lead

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 9, 2017

In a fast and fractious third stage of the 2017 Giro d'Italia, Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria outsprinted a small group of rivals to take his first Grand Tour win and go into the pink jersey of race leader.

At the end of the 221-kilometre stage from Olbia to Tortoli, Ferrari was involved in a thrilling bunch sprint.

"It wasn't an easy day with the headwind".

However, with a strong wind blowing, the teams of the GC contenders were concerned that splits could form in the peloton, and no one wanted to be stuck in a group at the rear.

Bennett, feeling below-par the last two days, finished in 168th while Team Sky's Philip Deignan came in 90th.

Monday is a rest day and Tuesday's fourth stage will end on the flanks of Mount Etna, where the pre-race favourites such as defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and 2014 victor Nairo Quintana are expected to up the pressure.

Greipel wins 2nd stage of Giro to move into overall lead

Unfortunately his 40 place overall in that race proved to be his best ever finish, however, as he crashed out of the 2013 race - his final ever Grand Tour - having started the race among the favourites. The 26-year-old Ruffoni is considered one of the team's top up-and-coming riders after recent stage wins at the Tour of Croatia.

"It's an enormous joy because of the work of the team", Gaviria said.

With only four sprint stages remaining, Greipel is expected to head for home well before the race ends in Milan on May 28 following a challenging third week that should see Colombian Nairo Quintana challenge Italy's defending champion Vincenzo Nibali for the overall win.

Following the late mechanical failure that denied him the pink jersey on Saturday, Caleb Ewan lost more ground on Sunday and is now 13 seconds adrift of the new leader.

Griepel is now nine seconds behind Gaviria, with the opening stage victor Lukas Pöstlberger of Austria a further four behind.

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